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Building My Ultimate GBA

By Trevor Harley | April 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

The first video game console my parents ever bought me was a Nintendo Game Boy. My sister and I each got one for Christmas one year. I got the original grey model and she got the clear model, and from that day forward I loved handheld gaming. The years went by and on another exciting Christmas morning I unwrapped a teal Game Boy Color and fell in love all over again. A few short years later, Nintendo released the Game Boy Advance and as I…

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NESRGB AV Famicom and Cap Kit

Cleaning, Re-Capping and RGB Modding an AV Famicom

By Trevor Harley | December 11, 2017 | 6 Comments

In 1993, Nintendo released new and improved revisions of both the Nintendo Entertainment System in North America and the Nintendo Famicom in Japan. North America got the NES-101, more commonly referred to as the Top Loader, while Japan got the HVC-101, more commonly referred to as the AV Famicom. Both models vastly improved upon their older counterparts and are absolutely fantastic pieces of hardware. The AV Famicom is my favourite NES hardware revision. I think it looks a little sleeker than the Top Loader and…

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Extron Crosspoint C-Sync Testing Setup

Testing Extron Crosspoint C-Sync Output

By Trevor Harley | August 24, 2017 | 16 Comments

If retro gaming in RGB is a hobby you enjoy you have probably experienced the problem of having fewer inputs available on your monitor or upscaler than RGB enabled consoles you want to have hooked up. The natural solution is to find some sort of switch box and many of us have turned to using RGB matrix switchers made by professional AV equipment manufacturer Extron. The Crosspoint series of switchers by Extron have become incredibly popular among retro gamers due to their high number of…

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N64 RGB Mod Comparison

By Trevor Harley | July 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

When it comes to getting the best picture quality possible out of your Nintendo 64 there are a number of different options. The path you choose depends on how you want to play and what version of the console you own. In the world of analog video signals, RGB is king. If you are new to the RGB gaming community and would like an introduction to what it is all about then head over to this page where I layout the basics of what you need…

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Introduction to RGB Gaming

An Introduction to RGB Gaming

By Trevor Harley | June 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

If you are interested in retro gaming as a hobby or just looking to satisfy a nostalgic craving to play some of your old Nintendo cartridges and have just connected an old console directly to a modern display, you have probably come to realize that your old games don’t look as good as you remember. I am not talking about the graphical style by any means because to my eyes, that has aged perfectly. What I am referring to is the video quality itself. Loads…

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First Impressions of the Nintendo Switch

By Trevor Harley | March 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Nintendo Switch is finally out and I have had the pleasure of playing it over this past weekend. It was really great that Nintendo decided to launch the Switch worldwide on a Friday, instead of a Sunday as they have in the past. I was lucky enough to receive my Nintendo Switch and my copy of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Master Edition on launch day after pre-ordering online from EB Games. Others were not so lucky, including Taylor, and won’t…

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Different Super Game Boy Models

The Different Iterations of the Super Game Boy

By Trevor Harley | February 5, 2017 | 2 Comments

In June of 1994 Nintendo released a piece of hardware that would change how people played their portable Nintendo games at home. It was called the Super Game Boy and it allowed consumers to play their Game Boy titles on their televisions by putting real Game Boy hardware into a SNES cartridge. Then in late January of 1998 Nintendo released a new version of the hardware exclusively in Japan called the Super Game Boy 2. Which Super Game Boy provides the best experience for playing Game Boy games…

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The Sharp Twin Famicom

By Trevor Harley | January 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

In 1986 Sharp produced their own version of the Nintendo Entertainment System for the Japanese gaming market with an official license from Nintendo. What they came up with was a new version of the console combining the Famicom and Famicom Disk System together in one neat package. They called it the Sharp Twin Famicom, it came in three different colour configurations and it has some advantages over Nintendo’s own original hardware. Sharp was able to add convenience for Nintendo fans in Japan by making it so that…

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Trev’s Top Ten NES Games

By Trevor Harley | September 28, 2016 | 2 Comments

The NES Top Ten list has pretty much been done to death and most of them are very similar with few surprises, though I tend to disagree with the choices. Its an opinion thing, so everyone’s lists are going to be at least slightly different so I thought I would compile my own. Some of the games on my list might surprise you. I haven’t played every game on the NES and I am still finding new gems to this day, but I have certainly…

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Classic Nintendo Controllers

The Best Controllers for Classic Nintendo Consoles

By Trevor Harley | September 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

If you are going to spend the time and money required to amass a large collection of classic Nintendo games, you had better have good hardware to play them. Control can make or break any video gaming experience and there is nothing worse than playing an awesome game and having the experience ruined by using a bad controller. Everyone has memories of going to a friend’s house to play Mario Kart 64 and being handed a InterAct Superpad 64 controller. Here are my picks for what I…

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